A MAN scalded his best friend with hot water when he decided it might be fun to wake him up with a splash at a Blackpool guesthouse.
Callum Marshall did not realise the water in the kettle was still hot. Yet the victim ended up with a red and blistered wound, a judge was told.
But Lancaster Crown Court heard the man had shown forgiveness and did not want his friend not be sent to jail.
Marshall, 21, of Kirk Cross Crescent, Barnsley, was given a 10 month suspended prison sentence after admitting causing grievous bodily harm following the incident at The Fleet B&B on Albert Road, Blackpool.
David Clarke, prosecuting, said in June last year the defendant, the victim and others had a night out in Blackpool.
After they returned to their accommodation, the man fell asleep. His next recollection was feeling pain.
Julie Taylor, defending, said: “It was a prank. He thought it would be fun to pour water on his friend to wake him up, not realising it would still be as hot as it was.”
Marshall was also given a 12 month supervision order, told to carry out 200 hours unpaid work and put on a three month curfew.